Maintaining cholesterol levels is of vital
importance for a better heart health. But recent studies have
found that only checking cholesterol levels cannot give a
complete picture of the risk of cardiovascular event.
Researchers at Mayo Clinic, U.S.A have found that checking
ceramide levels in the blood may predict the chances of
cardiovascular problems even when there is no history of heart
problems. The clinical study has found that a person can still
develop heart-related problems such as blockage, heart attack
or stroke due to high ceramide levels, even if the LDL-C level
(bad cholesterol) is within the normal range.
The test measures the concentration of
plasma ceramides, a type of lipids that are seen in connection
with cardiovascular disease. Research has shown that people
with higher plasma ceramide levels are three to four times more
at risk of developing heart problems. Around five per cent
people with high ceramide levels develop
cardiovascular problems every year. Studies have also shown
that plasma ceramides test can predict the incidence of heart
event in people in three to five years within the occurrence of
coronary artery disease and in one year within the occurrence
of coronary artery disease.
Plasma ceramides test is predictive in
nature and provides an insight into the heart health. The test
can help the doctors in predicting cardiovascular incidence
keeping in view the factors such as age, gender, cardiovascular
history, heart surgery, smoking etc. It can help in taking
appropriate measures to prevent heart event among people who
had no previous history and avoid reoccurrence if there is any
previous history of heart problem.